Researchers Argue It Was Gerbils, Not Rats, Spreading the Black Plague

Sounds like history teachers might owe rats a big apology this morning: A team of researchers is now arguing that they were not, in fact, guilty of spreading the devastating bubonic plague across medieval Europe. It's just like My Cousin Vinny! » 2/24/15 1:45pm 2/24/15 1:45pm

Girl with Bubonic Plague Goes to the Zoo

A Colorado girl named Sierra Jane Downing is out of the hospital after overcoming a bout of squirrel-borne bubonic plague—the first case in the state in six years. Upon being released, Sierra headed straight to the zoo (where, presumably, she stayed away from the pestilent rodent exhibit). » 9/12/12 6:45pm 9/12/12 6:45pm

Colorado Girl Staves Off Bubonic Plague, Gains Unfair Advantage in…

The bubonic plague, which helped build most of 14th century Europe's character, probably wiped out Constantinople in 542, and is the primary antagonist in both a pretty sweet novel about New Orleans called A Recent Martyr by Valerie Martin as well as a pretty sweet movie about New Orleans called Panic in the Streets,… » 9/05/12 9:15pm 9/05/12 9:15pm

Hillary Wins Big In Thrilling Plot Twist, Oh Yay!

Oh Hell no! (Or put another way, Hell no.) Howwwww much longer can this go one? Until quality secure green collar jobs are found for the cast of The Hills? Until, oh ha ha ha, "Hill freezes over"?? (Hey, by the way, that's already happening to Obama's superdelegates!) Maybe until everyone dies like in the Decameron.… » 3/05/08 10:00am 3/05/08 10:00am

HPV: The Bubonic Plague Of The MySpace Generation

Am I alone in having fear put into my heart by those Gardasil commercials that tell me that I am definitely going to get human papillomavirus and die of cervical cancer? After all, 50% of Americans have HPV and 80% of American women will have contracted it by age 50, and, of course we're all aware of the fact that… » 8/01/07 2:30pm 8/01/07 2:30pm